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Taylor in Loup County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Harrop

 
 
Harrop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joan Shurtliff, October 4, 2014
1. Harrop Marker
Inscription. In 1908 John Harrop, originally from Roca, Nebraska, filed a homestead claim just west of the Calamus River about thirteen miles north of Taylor in Loup County. Harrop acquired 640 acres under the Kinkaid Act of 1904, which had been passed to encourage settlement in the Nebraska Sand Hills. By 1912 Harrop operated a mercantile store and the Harrop post office at his home.

In the mid-1920s Harrop and his son Roy, an Omaha attorney, were leaders in organizing the Calamus Irrigation District. This public operation planned to build a dam on the Calamus River to provide irrigation and promote the growing of crops such as sugar beets. In 1927 Roy Harrop platted and dedicated a townsite named Harrop about one mile south of here, and a few buildings were constructed.

Meanwhile opposition to the irrigation project led to a series of court battles and in 1929 the Nebraska Supreme Court dissolved the irrigation district. John Harrop died in 1932, along with his dream for the town and the irrigation project. Today nothing remains of the remains of the Harrop townsite
 
Erected by Loup County Historical Society; Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 375.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker
A roadside artist's rendition of the Nebraska Sandhills. image. Click for full size.
By Joan Shurtliff, October 4, 2014
2. A roadside artist's rendition of the Nebraska Sandhills.
series.
 
Location. 42° 0.816′ N, 99° 27.31′ W. Marker is in Taylor, Nebraska, in Loup County. Marker is on U.S. 183, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. This marker is located just north of the junction with State Highway 96 north of the Calamus Reservoir. Marker is in this post office area: Taylor NE 68879, United States of America.
 
More about this marker. There is a small picnic area in conjunction with the historical marker.
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2014, by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. This page has been viewed 415 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 12, 2014, by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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